Youth & Opportunity
Engineering , Math
By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs
It’s estimated that by 2018, there will be 1.5 million computer science related jobs available in America, but only 29% of those jobs will be met by U.S. graduates.
At a time when five of the top ten fastest growing jobs will be in a computer-related field and two of the top three top bachelors’ salaries are in computer science and engineering, it’s concerning that only 0.6 percent of the nation’s 1.06 million public high school teachers have “Computer and Information Sciences” as their primary teaching assignment. There currently are just over 42,000 high schools in the United States but only 2,100 of them were certified to teach the Advanced Placement computer science course in 2011.
And, we see the impact on our students. Last year in the United States only 21,139 of 16 million students across the United States took the computer science Advanced Placement test – only 0.6% of all AP tests taken (about 3.4 million) that year.
As part of the recently announced Microsoft YouthSpark initiative - which aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth around the world - we are announcing the expansion of the Technology Education And Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program, which directly addresses the shortage of Computer Science teachers with a novel and highly successful approach.
The TEALS program recruits, mentors, and places high-tech professionals into schools that are struggling to provide strong computer science offerings on their own. Partnered with an in-class teacher, TEALS brings computer science expertise to students and teachers, without any training or development costs to schools. As preparation, TEALS volunteers go through an intensive three-month-long program in teaching philosophy, curriculum development, and classroom management.
The key to the success of the program is the in-class partnership between the teachers and the volunteers as discussed in a New York Times story on TEALS that appeared earlier this week:
“We are taking the kids farther than I could do,” said Michael Braun, a teacher at Rainier Beach High who is working with Microsoft volunteers.
The TEALS program was created in Washington State in 2010 by a Microsoft engineer, Kevin Wang, and has produced great results thus far. So, we decided to expand the program this year to California, Utah, North Dakota, Minnesota, Virginia and the District of Columbia. At this point in time, the program has 110 volunteer teachers in 37 schools reaching over 2,000 students and it’s poised for even greater growth. This could not happen without the tremendous partnership we’ve found in school districts across the country.
Through these partnerships and many others, we’re looking hard at how to address the problems facing young people today. It’s why we kick started a discussion last week about the need for a national talent strategy for the United States. Take a look and let us know what you think of our ideas….
Through partnership and creativity we can empower youth to change their world.
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What's participating in TEALS like for the volunteers?
Microsoft employees who participate in the TEALS program share their experiences.
Editor’s Note: We recently announced Microsoft YouthSpark a new company wide initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million young people. A key part of YouthSpark is the work we are doing with nonprofit organizations focused on helping young people access education, employment and entrepreneurship. Globally, our nonprofit cash grant recipients have been carefully selected with a focus on these specific outcomes. In the United States we’ll be focusing the majority of our nonprofit cash grants on five national nonprofit partners Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Junior Achievement, NFTE and Year Up. We wanted to share how they will be working as part of YouthSpark and today Jim Clark, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America shares his perspective.
By Jim Clark, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than a decade, Microsoft and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) have partnered to provide kids at some 4,000 Clubs across the country with access to computers, software and technology programs. As we enter our second decade of partnership, we’ll continue to help Club young people develop skills to succeed in the 21st century.
Microsoft and BGCA understand our nation’s future rests on young people’s readiness to compete in a global economy. But for too many teens, there’s no place to turn for basic resources to help them develop critical thinking skills and expand their worldview.
Together, we are committed to closing the “opportunity divide” and fulfilling BGCA’s mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Jim Clark shares his membership card with teen members during a visit to a local Boys & Girls Club
We’re excited to launch the latest extension of the partnership and issue the “Great Futures Challenge” to our Club teens. The Challenge will educate and motivate Club teens to think beyond the everyday world and determine their future role in the global society. It will engage them to conceive and develop projects that provide a solution to societal or business problems. For example, one group of Boys & Girls Club teens is launching a small business initiative to make and sell T-shirts to raise money for college visits, field trips and youth leadership forums. The project is teaching the teens about innovation, sales and tenets of operating a small business. It’s also helping the Club members be productive during out-of-school time while gaining skills and resources that will benefit them for years to come.
We will challenge teens to seize their opportunity in the world – whether they aspire to higher education, to start a career or to generate social good. Teens will emerge inspired. They will understand how to combine technology with social entrepreneurship to be agents for positive change. This will lead them to a deeper understanding of their world, enhance skills critical for success, and prepare them for their next steps to a great future.
The positive outcomes driven by our partnership will play an important role to support BGCA’s strategic plan, which includes an intense focus on technology. We know the critical role technology plays to provide youth with the skills they need to succeed. As such, BGCA is intensifying technology capabilities and initiatives to enhance and increase the impact Clubs have on the youth they serve. And the initiative adds a dynamic new program for teens, helping to attract new members as well as retain existing members in the Club Experience. Keeping teens engaged in a positive, healthy, supportive environment is critical to guiding them on the path to a great future.
BGCA is well-positioned to serve more young people with greater impact and to engage
them to achieve greater outcomes in their own lives and as citizens of the world. With support from Microsoft, we will do great things together to create, innovate and support the next generation of youth leaders.
Yesterday we held a very special employee event here in Redmond, Washington. Moderated by Brad Smith, the event included our CEO Steve Ballmer, our Founder Bill Gates, Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire and Jon Fine, CEO, United Way of King County to mark the 30th employee giving campaign at Microsoft.
As well as celebrating the giving campaign, which takes place throughout October, we also announced that our employees’ giving efforts have reached a significant milestone. Since 1983 Microsoft employees have raised $1 billion, with corporate match, for over 31,000 nonprofits working around the world. It’s a fantastic illustration of the passion and enthusiasm of our people in getting out there and helping others both through monetary donations but also through giving their time and expertise.
We wanted to share the event for those interested in finding out more about both the history of the future of the Microsoft employee giving campaign.
Here’s a short clip with some quotes from Steve and Bill, you can find the full event here.
Microsoft Founder Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer at the Employee Giving event
As we near the end of the 2012 Microsoft employee giving campaign we thought we’d give you a glimpse at one of the most popular giving initiatives: MS Auction.
The auction takes place as you’d expect with people bidding (and auto-bidding) all through the month and the prize going to the highest bidder.
MS Auction grows every year and this year looks like being yet another record breaking year.
There’s an amazing range of items from getting your face on the front page of Microsoft.com to a trip in a Formula One car and a Caribbean getaway.
However, there was only one choice for our favorite item this year.
We’re not sure if there’s a steak dinner included.
A big thanks and congratulations to everyone who contributed to another incredible year of employee giving this year!
Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response
As has been widely reported, Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the U.S. East Coast, with extensive shut-downs and evacuations from Washington D.C. to New York.
Microsoft is closely monitoring the situation, and has already taken several actions including publishing its disaster response ReadyReach information portal. This site provides information on updates & projections from experts, preparedness recommendations from FEMA, and links to more information on what you can do to help. A number of nonprofits are actively responding to the storm, including:
For all the latest news and information on storm developments follow NBC News and the Storm Tracker map. Another great resource is the American Red Cross’s Hurricane App. It provides great information about hurricanes, what to do immediately afterwards, and location-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) alerts. It will provide the information you need at your fingertips.
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